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As I was preparing my blog post about celebrating Thanksgiving for just me, I realized it’s important to review what worked for Halloween so I can make any necessary adjustments. I actually had a lot of fun even on Halloween though I didn’t spend it with my kiddos. Not everything turned out like I had planned but it was still okay.
- I ruined my costume when I tried to clean it.
- My mummy pizzas weren’t as much of a hit at the work potluck, but my kids enjoyed the leftovers.
- The pumpkin contest was a flop with only two entries. Mine is non-traditional enough that I left it up as a fall decoration.
But several things were really good.
- My boyfriend and I spent the afternoon decorating the driveway for the trick-or-treaters. Including a ginormous chalk jack-o-lantern drawn on the driveway.
- We played several rounds of Trivia Crack in between the waves of crowds.
- All but one kiddo played along with our giant bean bag toss. We asked them if they wanted to toss the bean bag for a chance to win bonus candy or prizes. If the bean bag landed in the nose, mouth or eyes they got extra candy. If they landed on the eye brows, they got a banana. We gave away 2 bananas. If the bean bag landed on one of the pumpkin’s eye balls, they got a pineapple. We still had the pineapple at the end of the night.
Our activities kept me busy and interacting with the kids, but it brightened the night of those who stopped by my house. I loved watching the change in their faces from trudging down the street robotically saying “Trick of Treat” to their eyes lighting up for something different. Some of the teenagers were the most fun, they wanted the rules repeated for clarity and focused intently on their tosses. The celebration when one of them won a banana was impressive.
Overall Halloween was a success. I enjoyed my activities and interactions with my neighbors. It’s good to have a baseline game plan for next year.
With October 2015 in the books, the holiday season is officially here. But before I get carried away with the festivities, let’s see how life went last month.
.4 – Pounds gained. While I was close to holding steady, I didn’t quite make it
5 – Beanbags made to play games with the Halloween trick-or-treaters
16 – Projects completed, including finally getting my carpets cleaned
28 – Bagel Mummy Pizzas for my work Halloween potluck
33 – Photos added to Instagram in October
142 – Words added to my book
439 – Just Wanna Be Me pageviews
93,513 – Pinterest views
Top Just Wanna Be Me Posts for October
I’m so glad life settled down in June! There was still plenty going on and I got overwhelmed a few times but overall things were manageable. I’m looking forward to the routine of school, but I do enjoy not having to get kids up and out the door on time. I just wish I could spend more time being lazy or playing with them!
1 – Bicycle wheel on my wall, the first step of our family mission statement display
2 – New lenses again – I had to have them remade since I’m poly-carbonite sensitive
2.2 – Pounds gained. Darn it!
4 – Days at a writing retreat; I may have overestimated the snack to hiking ratio and gained most of my weight that weekend
7 – Social events, there were parties, retreat and dinners with friends
9 – Projects completed in June, and only a few of them were writing related
37 – Countries that visited Just Wanna Be Me in June, Brazil was #2 after the USA
459 – Page views, my Summer Goals for Kids was the most popular
1626 – Russian twists, I lost a half inch in my waist, but gained it on my hips
3886 – Words added to my book, yay retreat!
With 2015 half over, I looked back over my New Year’s Goals. I’ve completed or am on track for six of my ten goals; I completed my Associate in Claims, went to a writing conference and I start training for my promotion tomorrow. Thanks to the writing retreat, I exceeded my writing goal of 5000 words to my book and I still have six months left! I have been very diligent about tracking my food and exercise and have blogged at least once a month (barely, but I’m still hanging in there). The rest of my goals seem pretty far out of reach but they help me track my growth and fine tune what is truly important in my life.
How’s your progress with your resolutions or goals at the half way point of 2015?
May was busy, but at least it was a good busy unlike April. The month was full of celebrations from a wedding to birthdays and graduations. Oh yeah and Mother’s Day was thrown in the mix for good measure.
0 – Weight lost, also the amount of weight gained – so there’s that
1 – New dishwasher!
2 – New lenses
4 – Other moms who enjoyed a Mother’s Day brunch with me
6 – Bras for $30 shipped from Zuilily
9 – Celebrations, all those birthdays and graduations – I even posted my favorite graduation speech on YouTube
13 – Projects completed, most of them were celebration related!
24 – Tables decorated for a friends wedding, which was a great way to spend time with my girls
31 – Pictures on Instagram
47 – Countries that visited the blog
178 – Words added to my book, the celebrating cut into my writing time
618 – Pageviews on Just Wanna Be Me
1640 – Squats completed in the month of May
All in all, May was a good month with many happy moments to celebrate with family and friends. I must admit, I wouldn’t mind if June was a little more lo-key.
Share your plans for June!